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alarm

[uh-lahrm] /əˈlɑrm/
noun
1.
a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.
2.
any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger:
Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming.
3.
an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of fire, smoke, an intruder, etc.
4.
a warning sound; signal for attention.
5.
Animal Behavior. any sound, outcry, chemical discharge, action, or other signal that functions to draw attention to a potential predator.
6.
Fencing. an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.
7.
Archaic. a call to arms.
verb (used with object)
8.
to make fearful or apprehensive; distress.
9.
to warn of danger; rouse to vigilance and swift measures for safety.
10.
to fit or equip with an alarm or alarms, as for fire, smoke, or robbery:
to alarm one's house and garage.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English alarme, alarom < Middle French < Old Italian allarme, noun from phrase all'arme to (the) arms. See arm2
Related forms
alarmable, adjective
alarmedly
[uh-lahr-mid-lee] /əˈlɑr mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
prealarm, verb (used with object), noun
unalarmed, adjective
Synonyms
1. consternation; terror, panic. See fear. 8. See frighten.
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Examples for alarmed
  • alarmed, he'll quickly get on his radio to instruct one of the pilots to change course.
  • Many atomic scientists, alarmed by the consequences of their wartime work, protested.
  • Chan is one of a number of scientists alarmed at the dramatically reduced oxygen levels showing up in these waters.
  • We can't emphasize enough that you shouldn't be alarmed at the wetness of the dough.
  • Heads turned as the alarmed captain looked on in stunned disbelief.
  • More recently an increase of toxic blooms worldwide has alarmed marine ecologists.
  • We're alarmed about expanding waistlines, hunger and inequalities, and unsustainable food production.
  • And the difficulties have alarmed some animal advocates and researchers.
  • Labor unions that represent factory workers are alarmed.
  • Aid donors had become increasingly alarmed by the lack of a government.
British Dictionary definitions for alarmed

alarm

/əˈlɑːm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
2.
to warn about danger; alert
3.
to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
noun
4.
fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
5.
apprehension or uneasiness the idea of failing filled him with alarm
6.
a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
7.
any device that transmits such a warning a burglar alarm
8.
  1. the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
  2. short for alarm clock
9.
(archaic) a call to arms
10.
(fencing) a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
Derived Forms
alarming, adjective
alarmingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm²
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Word Origin and History for alarmed
adj.

"disturbed by prospects of peril," 1640s, past participle adjective from alarm (v.).

alarm

n.

early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).

v.

1580s, from alarm (n.). Related: Alarmed; alarming.

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Related Abbreviations for alarmed

ALARM

air-launched antiradiation missile
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alarmed in the Bible

a particular quivering sound of the silver trumpets to give warning to the Hebrews on their journey through the wilderness (Num. 10:5, 6), a call to arms, or a war-note (Jer. 4:19; 49:2; Zeph. 1:16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with alarmed
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